Almost a year and a half after the Dunbar Recreation Centre was lost to fire, the project to rebuild it received its final approvals.
The Dunbar Recreation Centre burned to the ground October 8, 2011, likely due to a wayward cigarette butt.
March 5, 2013, South Dundas council accepted the $235,236 tender for the reconstruction of the Dunbar Recreation Centre. It was awarded to Wells & Son Construction Ltd.
The building was insured, so the net cost of the reconstruction to taxpayers is about $33,000.
The first round of tenders far exceeded the insurance payout, so staff worked with a committee of Dunbar Recreation Centre users to find cost savings in the project.
With the new specifications which included changes to the heating system, roof and building’s aesthetics, the lowest bidders were asked to re-submit bids based on the proposed changes.
Of those bids, Wells was the lowest, by about $10,000.
“I support this reconstruction,” said South Dundas councillor Archie Mellan. “They deserve a hall, it was unfortunate that they lost theirs.”
“I do not agree,” said South Dundas councillor Evonne Delegarde. “One of council’s goals was to reduce the number of buildings. This was an opportunity we could have used to do that.”
Councillor Jim Graham did not agree with Delegarde. He pointed out that the value of the new building, which belongs to South Dundas, will far exceed the $33,000 cost to taxpayers.
Deputy Mayor Jim Locke congratulated staff on the tremendous work they had done on this project. “I’m well satisfied with the bottom line,” he said.
“I apologize to the committee for the length of time this has taken,” said South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds.
“This will be a new asset for South Dundas. Dunbar is part of South Dundas.”